Marine Corps Order P1020

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Marine Corps Order P1020.34G. This one order clearly explains every uniform regulation the Marine Corps has. It goes into to detail on everything from hair color to boots and utilities. From chevron placement to shaven faces. It not only explains the male uniform regulations, but female uniform regulations as well. In this essay, I will explain go over specifically grooming standards for both male and female marines, why the marine corps has uniform regulations in the first place, and what these uniform regulations mean to me as a lance corporal of marines. Let’s start out with grooming standards. What are they you ask? Well the grooming standards go into specific detail about how marines need to look. Hair has to be neat and closely …show more content…

The Marine Corps order talks about excessive eyebrow plucking as well. Marines, both male and female, are not allowed to do it unless prescribed by a medical officer. Fingernails have to be kept clean and neatly trimmed so as not to interfere with performance of duty, detract from military image or present a safety hazard. Fingernails shall not extend past the fingertips. I think this last part only applies to male marines, but the order does not state it. Nail polish is not authorized for male marines under any circumstance. Marines, both male and female, who are in the reserves have to comply with all of these regulations as well, except for they can wear wigs. The wigs can not be worn while drilling or while in active duty status. The order goes into much more detail for female marines, since female marines are allowed to have hair. It talks about braids and hair color and everything, but if I typed it all, it would be well over the allotted space for my essay. Male marines are allowed to dye their hair as well, but it has to complement the person's complexion tone. Color changes that detract from a professional image are prohibited. As male marines, we are also allowed different hair styles but our hair has to conform to the natural shape of our head. Which means no Mohawks, or intentionally changing the natural flow of hair. We also are not allowed to spike or twist our hair in any way shape or form. As stated before, female marines are allowed to